Holiday Almond Butter Balls

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These chubby little vegan truffles make a perfect replacement for the beloved peanut butter ball.  A perfect treat to have on hand for allergy friendly holiday gatherings.  This peanut-free version is packed with a healthier nut butter and the high-fiber, high-protein punch of coconut flour.  That way you don’t have to feel guilty when you pop one too many!

Creamy Almond Butter Balls:  A holiday recipe makeover of the traditional Peanut Butter Ball

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*  This recipe will also work with your favorite gluten-free flour mix if you don’t have coconut flour.

**  If you eat dairy, feel free to substitute butter for the coconut oil and the non-hydrogenated shortening in the chocolate coating.

→  In a mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, melted coconut oil, coconut flour, salt, and powdered sugar.  Mix with a large spatula until well combined.

→  Add the crispy rice cereal and stir until thoroughly distributed.

→  Chill for 2-3 hours.

→  Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, form round, smooth balls with your hands.  You need to work quickly since the dough will melt in the warmth of your hands.  You can dust your hands with a bit of gluten-free flour or tapioca starch to keep things less sticky.  Place the dough balls on a sheet pan and chill for 30 minutes before dipping.

→  While the dough is chilling, slowly melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler (or you can use your microwave).  Stir until smooth and shiny.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before dipping the candy balls.

→  Give the chocolate one more quick stir and then dip the chilled candy balls one at a time into the chocolate.  I use a large fork and give each ball a couple of bounces on the fork to allow excess chocolate to fall before I transfer them to a wire rack or sheet pan that has been lined with parchment.

→  Garnish with crisped rice and chill for 30 minutes before serving.  These store well in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  A great holiday treat to make ahead and have on hand for last minute guests, if they last that long!

11 thoughts on “Holiday Almond Butter Balls

    • The best part is that they store well in the fridge in a tightly sealed Tupperware. That way they can be kept on hand for last minute holiday visitors or snacks. I just keep trying to keep them around without everyone eating them all on day one!

    • Thank you. My daughter who isn’t allergic to peanuts (and knows what peanut butter tastes like) said that she wouldn’t like these because of the almond butter. Now she practically arm wrestles her peanut allergic brother to get her hands on these. Luckily he’s good at sharing! :)

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